President Trump Signs Executive Order to Counter Election Meddling with Sanctions

Trump to issue order allowing sanctions on foreigners meddling in U.S. elections

Ultimately, Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, ordered those looking into possible retaliation against Moscow to "stand down", Isikoff said, thinking that if any of the efforts became public they would tie the president's hands.

Russian Federation is believed to be continuing its influence and meddling operations in upcoming USA elections, as Congress has sought to impose further punishments and sanctions against the Kremlin.

The steps outlined in the executive order are "far too little, too late", and they provide no resources to help states protect their elections against future attacks, said Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie Thompson, and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Elijah Cummings.

In the order, the president declared a national emergency, an action required under sanctions authority, to deal with the threat of foreign meddling in US elections.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the intelligence community have seen "signs" of interference from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, but nothing to the level of the 2016 election. So the others, do incorporate - it's more than Russian Federation here that we're looking at'.

The White House has worked to push back against accusations that Trump was not seriously committed to aggressively protecting USA elections from interference, especially after his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July.

A person familiar with the process told The Hill that the White House had been in touch with Rubio's office in the days before the order was signed, and that administration officials told the senator's aides that the bipartisan legislation had influenced the language in the order.

"The president has said repeatedly that he is determined that there not be foreign interference in our political process", Bolton said on a conference call.

"I think his actions speak for themselves", he said.

"If we are going to actually deter Russian Federation and others from interfering in our elections in the future, we need to spell out strong, clear consequences, without ambiguity", Mr. Warner said. He said the USA is also anxious about the cyber activities of China, North Korea and Iran.

"I thought there was an opportunity there that I wish we would have taken advantage of", the retired rear admiral told a think tank in Virginia.

Based on a recent draft of the order reviewed by the US official, it will require any federal agency aware of election interference by foreigners to take the information to the office of Director of National Intelligence. The attorney general and Department of Homeland Security then have another 45 days to assess whether sanctions should be imposed.

The executive order addresses not only interference with campaign and election infrastructure, but also propaganda efforts. Russian Federation spent millions of dollars trying to sow division and discord in the 2016 presidential race, using Facebook and other social media platforms, among other tactics.

"You never know how long legislation will take", he said. One bill that has broad support, crafted by Sens.

"This is more than Russian Federation and we will continue to look at that", he said.



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